Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Boo!


The theme for the Scribble Picnic this week is Boo! How appropriate for this time of year and also for me! I love anything scary, spooky and creepy! I woke up SO early yesterday morning, it was still dark out and I was on a roll alright! I started off painting some zombies with acrylics. Zombies definitely have a Boo! factor!! I remember the first zombie movie I watched was in 1984 at a second-run movie theater, Night of the Living Dead. It scared me REAL GOOD.


I haven't done a watercolour in a while, and I felt like painting some more. I looked out the window and all I could see was dark blue and black. It was pouring rain so there was no sunrise and it was drearily dark out. I remembered seeing an image like this online a while back so I figured I'd paint something like it! Walking in the pitch dark with just a lantern can be quite spooky! When I lived more up north many years ago, I would walk my pugs at night and all I had was my headlamp for light. Once in a while I'd hear a sound on either side of me. In the dim light of the headlamp, I could never see what was making the sounds. It got me spooked enough that I'd jump through the roof when a mouse ran across in front of us!


I'm a big fan of Poe as well. When I lived alone, I used to read his short stories by candlelight and scare myself silly. :) This is my Raven, another acrylic painting.


And I did this one just for fun! What's a Boo! theme without ghosts?? :) This is another watercolour.


Gasp! My October Wall of Horrors is full! I still have another week before Halloween too. This was so much fun to do, and I loved the theme this week Michael! :)

And just to end this post without giving you nightmares ;) here are our sleepy little angels! :) No nightmares here. :)

Jack
Leo

Charlie and Dana

Stella

Oscar and Marlene
Pavlov

46 comments:

Serena Lewis said...

What a fabulous selection of art for today's theme, Rain...very spooky and 'boo' worthy! I'm a horror fan too...the spookier, the better.

A pity Australia doesn't celebrate Halloween like they do in the States. I still stock up on goodies for the occasional Trick-or-Treaters who might knock on our door. :)

Christine said...

I can tell this was right up your alley Rain, you are so creative on top of that, you have captured the dark scary mood in all of your pieces today. Cute pet photos too.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i love your paintings! especially the raven. your animals are all so cute!

Mary said...

Wow! Blowing me away this week Rain - fabulous art and so much of it! Love the raven..
The animals certainly look content rather than scared - they know they have landed the best home imaginable!
You certainly have your hands full but are managing everything so well - way to go girl!!!!!

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

So.....I cannot comment on the zombies because zombies FREAK ME OUT. I can, however, comment on the lantern pic AND the raven. :) I would like to buy all of your spooky paintings (sans zombies) as they are just perfect!! That lantern one! I am thinking my next tattoo will be raven/crow themed.

OMG your pets!!! So freaking adorable! Stella reminds me of our Willow who is no longer with us :( She would sleep with her teeth showing and almost always on her back (they call this roaching) - so adorable!!!! Willow either had whippet or greyhound in her, she roached all over the place!

RO said...

I sure wish I could draw things other than stick people, Rain. (lol) Love your scary work, and I can tell you're definitely set for the season! You know I always love looking at your furry friends. Hugs...RO

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Your Poe Raven is my fave!

Pam Jackson said...

I love the paintings....Great job. But those sleeping babes are adorable. Thanks for the comment on my blog. The porch decoration is my brothers porch, been house/dog/bird sitting since Thursday...will be heading for the house in an hour or so. I leave before they get here but I only leave when I know about what time they will be in so the babes are not locked in the house for too long. A few hours is fine.

Kristina said...

Lovely photos of the animals. They all looks so rested too.

Harry Flashman said...

Rain, if you like scary, creepy stuff I have some video of Democratic politicians down here I could send you! ;-)

I liked all those photos of your animals. I need to take some new pictures of my host of four legged friends and post them. Of course, it would be a long post.

Halloween is almost here. Since you folks up there have already had your Thanksgiving, will you start working on Christmas next?

John M said...

I like the lady carrying a light the most.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Stella! BAHAHAHA She really knows how to sleep :) They are all adorable. I want to reach through the screen and pet them. So sweet. Lots of love at your place.

And your artwork is amazing. I love it, Rain. The spooky theme is the best!

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

You are a good artist and I enjoyed your spooky pictures. I lalso love the pictures of your fur babies.

Michael said...

Rain, your angels are so sweet and your art, scary but cool! There are so many that I can't really focus on one so will talk about the zombie one which I love, btw! I can tell you DEF liked the theme. It's a calculated risk as I know some hate scary (And I don't like gore even though we did zombie crawl this weekend in our town and won third place for best costumes which were creepy cool Pierrots- as mentioned in last SP post).

Your art pieces are wonderful. I love the zombie one especially and the painting style of it with limited colours. Awesome job, Rain. Thank you so much. BTw, I get way to easily scared that there is no way I've ever walked alone at night with jsut a lantern anywhere. Thus, never been alone camping and at night stay in my tent! That was years ago though. :) I'm happily urbanized to the T.

Lorraine said...

Oh. My. Wow! You have nailed this over and over. These are all wonderful. Scary, cool, wonderful.

Mama Pea said...

Your creepy pictures are waaaaay too good! Your furry family pictures are adorable and give such a sense of hygge!!!

Andrea Priebe said...

Oh you are for sure a spook lover ... what an array of spooky pictures each as good as or better than the other ... don't think I could pick a favorite, though the Raven tugs on me a bit as a bird lover ... but, then the figure walking in the dark with the lantern is the most artistic and beautifully done. Well, anyway, you do have a house full of fur babies, as do I so I can appreciate the warmth you gain from them. Speaking of spooky, my dog and I were walking two night ago and heard a pack of coyotes howling and yipping very close to where we were. It sent chills up my spine ... needless to say, we high tailed it back into the house :0 Great post, Rain ...

Andrea @ From the Sol

Sam I Am...... said...

You are such an artist! Did you study art or are you just naturally gifted? I love your scary watercolors. The raven is outstanding and so is the pitch dark one with the lantern. Yes, I know what you mean...carrying a lantern to the barn to feed my animals after I got home from work when I had my little farm....it's like everyone can see you but you can only see right in front of yourself....like a sitting duck! I had my dogs with me though so I felt pretty safe. Pitch dark can be scary....one time I walked alone on the beach in Miami...many moons ago...over 40 and I love the ocean but when there is no moon and it is really dark and when you look out at it, it is just one huge dark abyss.....it can really be scary! I should read Poe...I have a collection of his stories and have never read them.....shame on me and here I was looking for a Halloween book to read! LOL!
Your 'babies' are so cute and look how well the dogs and cats get along! They are so darling! I love Stella who seems to be smiling in her sleep and Pavlof all cuddled up in the blankies...they are just precious and so clean! LOL! I wish mine were but as soon as the outside is finished and we are in for the winter I'm going to give it a try. I may need a different method for each one but I have a plan! Tomorrow night we have frost warnings so I brought ALL my plants in....except I forgot the herbs...duh....I do have the basil in and the others really weren't doing that well anyway. We'll see. I brought them in today because it's supposed to rain tomorrow but if it doesn't maybe I can run out and repot some. I'm tired....signing off....enjoy your cozy Hygge weather!

Wanda said...

Sorry, Rain ~ I'm so behind in visiting and commenting on Scribble Picnic. Getting ready for a little trip, and as you know...when you have animals...you have to pack for them too. HaHa. LOve all your furry friends.

Now for your art....gosh...you could scare the pee out of me. I'm not into scary things and you are the master of them.

Love all your scary wall.....and will look forward to to more.

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Rain, I am not a fan of scarey pictures but I love your sleeping furbabies! Nancy

Rain said...

Thanks Serena :) Horror movies are fun, but not the gory bloody ones too much! That's just for shock factor. Spooky is very good though :) Well, at least you can eat the chocolate if the trick or treaters don't show up! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Christine :) I had a lot of fun with this theme, I can't believe I did four paintings though, I was definitely on a roll! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Joyce :) xx

Rain said...

Thanks Mary :) That's very sweet of you to say about the "best home imaginable"!! We try so hard to make this a "pet" home...they can do what they want as long as they obey...we just love them so much! Of course, they are spoiled lol...

Rain said...

Hi Dianna :) I will make sure no zombies come your way, at least from this side of the country! And thank you so much :) You're so supportive of my artwork!! I know you love spooky too! I like the idea of your next tattoo! I stopped with the tattoos years ago, my tolerance for pain is gone lol...too wussy now! :) Oh Willow...I love that name for a dog! Interesting you say that about the greyhound, we though Stella had some kind of hound in her...all of the dogs except Jack "roach"...I read that it's to cool off their bellies! :)

Rain said...

Thanks RO :) Lol...stick figures are nice too! ;)

Rain said...

Thanks Debra :)

Rain said...

Thanks Pam :) It's so nice of you to be pet sitting for your brother like that. I'm sure they feel lonely at times...ours are lucky, we are almost always home, at least one or the other. Before we adopted Marlene, we were told she was an escape artist. But she was left alone for up to 16 hours a day in a basement...poor thing. Now she has taken over my love set lol!

Rain said...

Thanks Kristina :)

Rain said...

Lol Harry, your comment really made me laugh!! Yes, I want to see your furry friends too! And yes, after Halloween, it's the Christmas season for me...I celebrate the seasons, so I also celebrate the Winter Solstice...so it's Winter Solstice, then Christmas, then New Years...and Alex's birthday is mid January...so there is a lot of planning and celebrating to come! :)

Rain said...

Thanks John :)

Rain said...

Hi Martha :) I know...Stella really knows how to enjoy a nap lol! She's smiling too, hee hee...we can watch these pets forever because they are just so sweet and innocent when they're sleeping! And thank you, I know you'd love the spooky paintings too! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Starting Over :)

Rain said...

Hi Michael :) Oh a zombie-crawl how fun!!! Lol at the creepy cool Pierrots...I can only imagine that, and my imagination is seeing something very eerie! I'm not into gore either, I just like that "jump out of your seat" factor...and I mentioned the Klaus Kinski version of Nosferatu on your blog, there is a scene there that just brings chills up your spine...that's pretty cool! :) I'm more brave walking alone at night when I have the dogs with me that's for sure! I've gotten quite scared walking at night in my area where the only light is the moon if it's out! :) I loved this week's theme, thanks for hosting! :)

Rain said...

Thanks so much Lorraine :)

Rain said...

Thanks Mama Pea!!! The theme this week was really fun :) Yes! We must add "pets" to the list of things to have for a hygge lifestyle! Honestly, the pets make our house a real home, they is so much love and silliness!

Rain said...

Hi Andrea :) Thanks so much :) Oh gosh, that is chilling to hear coyotes on a walk. Their howls are beautiful but there is always that threat too. We don't have coyotes this close to the village, but we do have an isolated fishing spot and at sunset in the summer, we always heard the coyotes howling. Kind of put shivers up our spines too!

Rain said...

Hi Sam :) Oh thank you! :) xx I never studied art...but that's a nice compliment!! :) I think it all comes with practice. I started doing oil painting by following the Bob Ross PBS show The Joy of Painting. Then I branched off a bit on my own but I always traced my paintings first. I think as I built confidence, I was able to get even more creative. I will openly admit that I do paint images I see on the internet if I find them compelling enough! The Raven was one of them. I saw something like that with a raven on a building and I wanted to recreate it. The zombies though, that's just my creepy thoughts at work lol...

Oh gosh, yes, sitting duck lol...I feel that way when I'm out with the dogs in the yard before bed! We have no lights out there and I have a headlamp, but I feel like I'm WAY too visible! Stella looks like she's smiling, yet, but you know what? Alex always pulls up their "lips" to show their teeth and we tease them a bit and say "don't eat me!" and they get all excited...for Stella, her lips just stayed that way lol...The dogs are CLEAN for now...they love to roll around in the yard, and Marlene loves to dig a dirt hole and sleep in it, much cooler I'm guessing, thus the monthly baths! It's not too bad in the winter though.

Poe is great to read by candlelight on a stormy night! :) Although I've seen The Simpsons version of The Raven and sometimes I can't get those images out of my head now lol...kind of ruined the scare factor for me!

Rain said...

Hi Wanda :) You don't have to apologize! :) I know you're busy packing for your doggie! :) When we go on day trips with the dogs, they have their own stuff all packed too! Your comment made me laugh...well, we still have Halloween...and I found another wall with a little space, so I'm hoping I have time to paint a few more spooky paintings! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Nancy :) I promise only a few more scary paintings for the season, then I'll get back to my other styles! ;)

Stefanie said...

That is a good zombie painting. It made me LOL.

Rain said...

Thanks Stefanie :)

BW Bandy said...

Love the art.

Rain said...

Thank you BW Bandy :)

baili said...

Wow like always you amazed me with you Hilarious art dear Rain .
whwtever you do it is almost perfection my friend!
YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..........

Loved each stroke but lantern one is Amazingly impressive!

Rain said...

Thanks Baili :))) I'm happy you like my spooks! :) It was really fun, but it's not over yet! I still have some creepy art up my sleeve before Halloween! :)